Coffins race down Manitou Avenue for 22nd annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Coffins were seen racing down Manitou Avenue Saturday in honor of historic figure Emma Crawford.

Thousands showed up to see the 22nd annual event as participants and parade-goers alike dressed in their Halloween best.

The story goes all the way back to 1896 when Emma Crawford died when she was 19, with her last wish of being buried at the top of Red Mountain.

After years of stormy weather, in 1929 her remains washed down the mountain, with legend saying she still haunts the area today.

First, second and third place winners include; 3per Reaper, MGA Pediatric Home Healthcare and Haramboys.

As for best Emma, best coffin and best entourage, winners area Ghouls Gulch, Steampunk Zombies and You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead.

Each team has to have three people pushing the coffin at all times, and the Emma who sits inside must be over 18-years-old.

The family fun event happens every year with all ages and families welcome.

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