Editor’s note: Shelby Braden of Marion, Colton’s sister, graduated from Coe College in May and works at United Fire and Casualty. She had attended most of Colton’s motocross events since he was he started and has documented her brothers racing via pictures and video.
By Shelby Braden, community contributor
CEDAR RAPIDS — In front of his home crowd in a packed U.S. Cellular Center last Saturday, Colton Mowry of Marion made a smashing Arenacross debut.
He won the 450 F Novice class at Kicker Arenacross last weekend, an event that drew riders from across the state and pro riders from across country.
“Feels good to win my first Arenacross race that I have ever competed in,” said Mowry, 18, a senior at Marion High School.
Kicker Arenacross is a premier form of enclosed off-road motorcycle racing. The competition takes place on a man-made dirt track that encompasses a combination of jumps and turns.
No tracks are ever the same, leaving the riders — and the fans — in constant excitement.
“It is a lot more different from the outdoor racing that I am used to,” Mowry said. “The track itself is tighter. The jumps are closer together, the corners are quicker and the overall pace of the race is faster.”
Mowry, along with his older brother Chaz Braden, have grown up riding on outdoor tracks in and out of the state of Iowa. This Kicker Arenacross event was one of the first held in the newly renovated USCC — and in the Cedar Rapids area.
“It is nice to see events like Arenacross coming to Cedar Rapids,” Mowry said. “I hope that more things like this are able to stay around and be an annual event.“It was nice to have my family and friends there to cheer me on."