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Manitou Springs Coffin Races October 24th

Manitou Springs is holding it's much anticipated annual "Emma Crawford Coffin Races" this Saturday, October 24th. The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce describes the celebration as, "each year more than 10,000 people come to Manitou Springs for the fun and festive Coffin Races, where teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet to the finish line."


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The tradition stems from the 1912 history of a young woman, Emma Crawford who's coffin was washed down hill in Manitou Springs due to erosion, harsh weather, and a rain storm. This 2015 marks 21 years of "intentional" coffin racing for the charming town, and it is expected to be better than ever with more teams, more costumes, and more fun.


Beginning at 12:00 pm, teams will parade the avenue prior to the race, along with authentic hearses for show. Racing will take place in separate heats, and the best finish time wins. Prizes for fastest times, Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin are awarded at the end.


This year, the Manitou Springs Chambers of Commerce has arranged for FREE shuttles in effort to minimize traffic and parking trouble. Free parking lots available are Rock Ledge Ranch, Fields Park, and Manitou Springs High School. Paid Parking lots will be at The Dillon Motel, Roadway Inn, and Shriners Club. For directions visit


Whether you are on a team or just going to see just what this is it is a fun day for all. 



Kelly Young Realtor

About the Author: Kelly Conner Young, GRI

Kelly is an Associate Broker with The Platinum Group Realtors.  She has over 15 years experience in Real Estate in the Colorado Springs and Front Range region of Colorado. She represents buyers and sellers of real estate buying homes, land for sale and mountain property getaways.   Specific areas include:  Black Forest, Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Divide, Falcon, Downtown, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Westside, Woodmen Hills and Woodland Park. You can reach her at 719-226-0126 or by clicking "email the author" above.

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