Was an elite High School runner, top 10 in the USA at 3200 meters. After competing at the collegiate level at Arkansas he quit running for a time. Fernando came back in the early 2000s coached by Scott Simmons with a 2:12:27 marathon, the 9th fastest ever by an American. Cabada has been an elite marathon and 1/2 marathon specialist.
- 3X National Running Champion
- Top American 2018 London Marathon (A Standard Olympic Qualifier)
- 1:02:00 1/2 Marathon PR
- 2:11:36 Marathon
- Mile 4:04:34
- USATF Marathon Relay Record 1:59:08 Team USA: Ryan Hall, Matt Gonzales, Ian Dobson, Brian Sell, Fernando Cabada, Josh Moen Chiba, JPN