October 17 - October 25
The Emma Crawford Cup
Calling all collectors
T-shirt pre-orders are now open!
Are you and your team ready for the Emma Cup? Now’s your chance to pick up this year’s Coffin Races
t-shirt! Whether you’re adding to your collection or just starting a Coffin Races t-shirt collection, you won’t want to miss this year’s design.
In memory of Emma Crawford
The tradition continues
In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of Manitou Springs. In the years since, the races have grown into an often-copied-but-never-equaled Manitou Springs tradition. Although our traditional coffin races won’t be running this year, we’re keeping the fun & festivities going all month!
And we have a winner!
Check out the winning design
Be part of the race
Register your team
We’re doing this a little different this year. Sign up your team (up to 5 members) to compete for the Emma Cup! On October 17 we’ll need you to put on your detective hats to solve some clues. Your team will have to submit all of your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 25, to have the most opportunites to win. Do you have have what it takes?
Know your history
In 1929, after years of harsh winters and spring rains, Emma and her coffin came racing down the mountainside. The young children who happened upon her remains found only the casket handles, a nameplate, and a few bones.
What else is happening in Manitou during the most spooktacular time of year?
Skeleton Craze - October 4 through October 31
Throughout the month of October you’ll find skeleton friends lurking in spots around town. Vote for your favorite, and the Best Skeleton will be crowned at the end of the month. It’s a fun, family-friendly event for residents and visitors alike to see our historic downtown in a spooky new light. A ballot will be available each week in October in the Pikes Peak Bulletin.
Ghost Tours of Old Manitou - Weekends in october
Be part of the race
Sponsor this event
Typically, sponsoring coffin races is a great way to get your business name out to the thousands of spectators that flock to town on race day. This crazy year, we just want to give out as many prizes as possible to our competitors. Fill out the sponsor request form and someone will be back with you soon!
Another way to win
October 1 - October 23
Dust off your costumes
This is Manitou and we dress up! Even in a pandemic! Prizes will be awarded for Best Emma and Best Team Theme. Enter by emailing a pic of you decked out in your best costume(s) to email@example.com.