Danny Kassap’s last run
This morning I heard the unfortunate news that Danny Kassap had passed away at a hospital in the early morning hours. Truly sad news.
Yesterday at the Sporting Life 10km Danny and I wished each other good luck moments before the gun went off. After the race Danny, Eric Gillis and I headed on a cool-down run through the Exhibition grounds to the Lakeshore path. On the run Danny told us that 800m into the race he felt horrible and had to quit the race. For Danny to have to pull-out that early is odd but he seemed perfectly fine running and chatting with us. In fact he jogged down to the finish area because that’s where his kit was (point to point course). Considering he had to drop out of the race Danny was in good spirits, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who knew him because he always had a positive attitude and a big smile. On the run he also told us he had a routine check-up with his doctor coming up where they would do some tests and determine how hard he would be allowed to train. If you don’t know the history, Danny collapsed in the 2008 Berlin Marathon with a near-fatal heart problem and was hospitalized for a few days. Since then he has patiently built up his running in the hopes of being back to where he was pre-Berlin. We all talked about our upcoming races, Danny mentioned his next race was going to be the Acura 10-miler in August. As we ran beside Lakeshore Ave we talked about the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (a race Danny won in 2004) and hoped we wouldn’t encounter a similar wind we we’re presently facing on our cool-down. We ran for 23:30 which I declared 5km right before we got back to the elite tent. Danny introduced me to his girlfriend and then we said our good-byes.
It was a pleasure to know, run and race with Danny over the past 10 years. He will be missed.
We had many races where we pushed each other to our limits. Here is a picture of Danny (aka Boom Boom) and I running 5000m PB’s in 2002.