TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – More than 400 motocross racers from 20 states gathered this weekend at the Stormont Vail Events Center for the Hoosier Arenacross Racing event.
They have 30 classes for runners with two of them for professionals that featured a local pro looking to be number one in front of his hometown crowd – Kevin Moranz from Topeka. He was an amateur runner while attending Seaman High School, waiting to graduate to go pro and travel the country.
“My buddies are back in town because obviously everyone is following their path after high school and college, but it’s pretty cool to feel the support. All the families, all the fans, you know, everything like that, ”he said.
On Friday night, he finished second in both categories, hoping for a better performance on Saturday despite a shoulder injury. The hometown crowd could have helped.
“I have a lot of really, really great people to support me there are a lot of local businesses like Harold’s Tire, Hoyt’s Truck Center, Shawnee Wholesale, TMI, Heritage Motors, ”he said. “There are a lot of really great people supporting me locally and there are a lot of people nationwide as well. “
Moranz said they hold super-cross events at football or baseball stadiums. Being at the Stormont Vail Events Center, the track has been narrowed down to accommodate. Create faster decisions, faster turns and variable air times for runners.
“You have to get out early, but it’s all so tight you kind of have to rub to get around people, so it’s kind of bar-banging action. You kind of have to hit yourself to get around so it’s really exciting to watch, but as a runner you have to be really, really smart and play this little cat and mouse game, ”said Moranz.
Promoter Jay Reynolds said the night also includes things like pyrotechnics and prayer to show respect to the crowd and their own culture in the company.
“We believe in God and the country and we are bringing these cultural things here to Topeka and through this event,” he said.
Having motocross bikes available for all ages, starting with 50cc bikes, he said, creates positive states of mind. Keep runners and families on track.
“It’s an identity that many of these children and adults have. They are able to identify with it. It helps them stay out of trouble whenever they have something. It is a very physically demanding sport. You can’t smoke, you can’t take drugs, you can’t eat badly and be a fast runner, ”Reynolds said.
Moranz has a website if you want to learn more about his sports lifestyle – visit KevinMoranz.com
If you missed the epic performances, Hoosier will be in Kansas City Jan. 14-15.
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