Tulsa, Oklahoma: Statue of Runner Who Died in a Car Trunk

A tribute to Michael Houghton, who was kidnapped and died in the trunk of his car after it was set on fire.

Address:
E. 41st St. S., Tulsa, OK
Directions:
On the east bank of the river at 41st St. Park in the plaza and walk north. The statue is in a triangular grassy area between the dual trails as they merge north of the 41st Street Plaza.
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Runner memorial.

Statue of Runner Who Died in a Car Trunk

You have to park and take a short walk to see the Michael Houghton runner statue up close. It is a nice tribute to him. Sad thing is so many people run/walk/bike by it and never give it a second thought. It is worth your time to pay respects.

[Dee, 08/20/2020]

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Statue of Runner Who Died in a Car Trunk

Incredibly sad story, but a blessing his parents wanted him forever memorialized. The statue can be seen from the parking lot and sits in the split between the bike and walker/runner lanes along the river. Michael RIP.

[Rose Howe, 11/18/2019]

Runner statue.

Statue of Runner who Died in a Car Trunk

This entire river is lined with bronze sculptures, mostly of animals (elk, wolves, a bobcat clawing a pheasant, etc).

The runner appears to be the only human statue from what we saw. He's a very short walk north from the parking plaza.

[VegaNova, 09/28/2010]

Tulsa runner Michael Houghton was kidnapped and died in the trunk of his car after it was set on fire. His statue is atop a large rock, positioned as though he's running uphill. May 2011: Photo added.


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