PR: 2:12:27 (2006)
Born: April 22, 1982
Current Residence: Bristol, Va.
High School: Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) HS ‘00
College: Arkansas ’03; Virginia Intermont ‘06
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 7-time NAIA national champion
When Cabada graduated from high school he achieved his boyhood dream of competing for the highly successful University of Arkansas program led by the legendary John McDonnell. Claiming that he was not physically or mentally ready to compete there, Cabada left the school in 2001. He stopped running for nearly eight months and took a break from college for a year, taking a job laying tile where his mother worked. He agreed to compete for Minot State University, but before he would ever run a race for Minot, head coach Scott Simmons took the head coaching job at Virginia Intermont and Cabada and several runners followed. In the two years since, he has won seven national titles for the NAIA school. After completing his collegiate eligibility in 2006, later that season Cabada capped his breakout year with a spectacular debut over the Marathon distance in Fukuoka, Japan. In running the ninth-fastest debut marathon ever by an American (2:12:27), Cabada underlined the fact that he is one of the top young distance runners in the United States. In 2006, Cabada set new personal bests in everything from the 3000m to the Marathon.
3rd at USA 25 km
Champs (1:16.52)…50th at World Outdoors (2:35:48)…best of 2:35:48.
2006: Ran 2:12:27 marathon debut at Fukuoka Marathon…ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 2:12:27.
2005: 8th in 10,000m at USA Outdoors (28:25.62PR)…NAIA 10,000m champ…NAIA 5,000m champ…bests of 13:34.92, 28:25.62.
2004: Best of 29:31.78.
2003: Did not compete.
2002: Best of 14:29.22i.