Coffins race through downtown Manitou Springs

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Downtown Manitou Springs got spooky and speedy Saturday at the 21st annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races.

Thousands of people lined Manitou Avenue to get a good view of the race course as dozens of home-built coffin soapbox cars raced to be the fastest casket on wheels.

It wasn’t just about who crossed the finish line first. They also had to look the part.

The event is in honor of Emma Crawford, a woman who died of tuberculosis and was buried on Red Mountain. In 1929, after years of stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain.

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