Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bodies Roll At Coffin Races

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bodies stashed in coffins will roll this Saturday (Oct. 24) in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

The 15th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race is rolling in, where 51 caskets led by teams speed down a 585-foot track.

The wacky event honors the town’s most famous resident, Emma Crawford, a young woman who died in the 1800s and was buried atop a local mountain.

The mountain crumbled due to rain, and Emma’s remains came racing down the slope.

Now, folks race coffins with live Emma look-alikes inside in her memory.

Race organizer Floyd O’Neil says the coffins – maneuvered by teams of four – come in all shapes and sizes.

A team once used aerospace material to create the most lightweight coffin possible, while another hollowed out a tree trunk.

Though little is known about Emma, O’Neil thinks she’d appreciate all the fuss.

Her ghost may actually be around, since weird stuff has been known to happen just days before the race.

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