Senior Airman Kristopher Mansfield survived a tour of duty in Iraq but weeks after his return in 2004 he was unable to survive the terror of a drunk driver on our streets at home. In remembrance of time spent with his son in Frisco, CO, Craig Mansfield established the “Peak One Award” that has been given annually to airmen who demonstrate three qualities exemplified by his son:
Mr. Mansfield shares his son's story on military bases, at MADD victim impact panels and at schools or businesses, highlighting the devastating consequences of impaired driving and offering a wide range of choices to arrive home safe. He has extended the Peak One Award to recognize individuals who go above and beyond their daily duties to make a difference. His hope is that by honoring these everyday heroes, they will help spread word of his mission to eliminate impaired driving and to end the senseless loss of lives on our roadways.
Racing go-karts was an event Mr. Mansfield shared with his son and, after his devastating loss, racing was the one thing that could help clear his mind and relieve stress. Mr. Mansfield created the annual ‘KART RACING FOR HEROES’ events in an effort to combat the stress facing returning veterans, police, firemen and first responders and to thank them for the jobs that they do. These 'Heroes' are introduced to karting as a means of reducing stress without the use of alcohol and drugs.