Saturday, October 30, 2010

Coffin Races!

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I attended the 16th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs today. Hands down, the coolest Halloween celebration that I have ever seen. The costumes were incredible--people went ALL out, very impressive.   To top it all off, it was a running event! Does it get any better?

Here's a brief history of the race, courtesy of 

 "The legend of Emma Crawford lives in this unique race up Manitou Avenue. Costumed impersonators of Emma Crawford, a 19th-century local who was buried on nearby Red Mountain, ride on coffin-like contraptions pulled by teams of four mourners. (Emma supposedly still haunts the mountain even though her coffin washed away years after her burial.) A parade and awards for the best Emma, the most creative coffin, and the best overall entourage complete the daylong event."

I want to run it next year.  Maybe a WCAP team?  Maybe Green Army Men with a Tank Coffin . . .  I think we'd take the trophy!
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