Emma Crawford Coffin Race: Manitou Springs, Colo.
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Emma Crawford Coffin Race: Manitou Springs, Colo.

Every October since 1994, locals of this mountain town have raced meticulously customized coffins down Main Street in front of thousands of cheering fans. Prizes are awarded to the teams with the speediest sarcophagus, the most creative casket and the best coffin rider. The race pays homage to former Manitou Springs resident Emma Crawford, who died in 1890 at age 19. According to local legend, torrential rain washed her coffin down the side of Red Mountain, where her ghost still lingers today.

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