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

T-shirt pre-orders are now available here.

All t-shirts will have the winning graphic on the front side of the shirt, with all of our sponsors on the back in white.

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 coffinraces@manitouchamber.com by October 25, to have the most opportunites to win. Do you have have what it takes?

Know your history

Emma Crawford came to Manitou Springs in 1889 searching for a cure for her tuberculosis in the the area’s famed cold-water mineral springs. She fell in love with the charming mountain town and her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain. Unfortunately, Emma succumbed to her illness in 1891. Her lover, a civil engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway named William Hildebrand, honored her wishes. With the help of eleven other townspeople, William carried Emma’s coffin up the 7,200 foot slope and buried her near the summit of Red Mountain.

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

These eerie ghost tours will walk you through long lost stories of real residents in Manitou Springs’ history. This year, the ghostly spirits come back to visit for three weekends in October.
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, along with our friends at THEATREdART, provide these evening tours that are thoughtfully scripted and brilliantly presented to provide a fun, family experience.
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 coffinraces@manitouchamber.com.

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