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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.

E. 41st St. S., Tulsa, OK
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]


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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