Here's a brief history of the race, courtesy of Peakradar.com:
"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!