Coffins speed down Manitou Avenue

6:49 PM, Oct 26, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- It's a Manitou Springs tradition-- the annual Emma Crawford coffin races.

This is the 19th year for the event, that started off with a scary parade through downtown.

Afterward, teams of five people raced costumes down Manitou Avenue. The event was a big morale boost after a summer that included several big floods.

"It can take its toll on you sometimes so this is a big boost for me, I know it is for the first responders, and it's gotta be a big boost for the community at large," said one attendee.

Even Manitou Mayor Marc Snyder and his wife were there in full costume to let the city know, they may have been beaten, but not destroyed.

The coffin races take after a coffin that was found washed out by storms at the bottom of a Red Mountain in Manitou Springs back in 1929. Those remains were later found to be of Emma Crawford, a local tuberculosis victim.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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