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Coloradans Honor Dead Woman With Coffin Race

The twisted stuff our state is into doesn’t stop at Frozen Dead Guy Days. You can also coffin race in Manitou Springs because tuberculosis is funny, guys!

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File under: Today I Learned… In the spirit of Frozen Dead Guy Days coming up this weekend in Nederland, here’s another borderline-morbid occasion our state celebrates annually: the life — and death — of Emma Crawford.

Here’s the long-story short, as told by those who put on the Emma Crawford Festival: She died of tuberculosis in Manitou Springs, and now a bunch of people push coffins with fake Emmas inside up a hill every year. (If you want the long story, you can also read it on Atlas Obscura.)

That would actually be a great workout for us living people. There are prizes and probably some drinking involved. #OnlyInColorado

This year’s coffin-racing event is coming up in October, but like I said, if you need to celebrate the dead much sooner than that, here’s all the info you need for Frozen Dead Guy this weekend.

More About Colorado Coffin Racing from Atlas Obscura

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