“I like running. It’s like brushing your teeth. It’s just something I’ve gotta do. I need it.” – Fernando Cabada
Fernando Cabada is hard to keep up with. Literally. Born and raised in Fresno, he started running at an early age and just kept going. Since turning pro in 2006 (his first contract was with Reebok), it’s not only Cabada’s legs that carry him places at high speeds. He’s jetted around the world to countries like Denmark, Hungary and Japan to compete in races. Last year, he came in 11th in the Berlin Marathon, making him the top U.S. finisher.
Cabada, a world-class runner, still lives in Fresno and trains at locations around the city, sometimes going back to the track at his alma mater, Buchanan High School, in Clovis. Other times, you can find him running in Woodward Park, training on the hills near Auberry or going for a quick six-mile run (as he does on Saturdays, his day “off”) on jogging paths around the city.
Last week, it was announced that Cabada would join a team of top runners from the United States who will compete in the Boston Marathon in April. Having run the race once before as part of this team, finishing 16th in 2013, the same year as the bombings, Cabada is looking for a top-5 finish this year.
A fun fact about Cabada: He’s run roughly 50,000 miles over the past ten years. Fifty thousand miles! We should all be so lucky to find something that we’re good at and enjoy doing as much as he loves running.