A Phillips Academy, Andover graduate, Borah won the AAU championships in 100 yd in 1926, in 220 yd in 1927 and in 200 m in 1928. As a University of Southern California student, Borah won the IC4A championships in both 100 yd and 220 yd in 1927. He also equalled the Charley Paddock's world record in 100 yd of 9.6 in two occasions, in 1926 and in 1927. At the Amsterdam Olympics, Borah reached to the quarterfinals in 100 m and ran the third leg in the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which equalled the world record of 41.0 in the final. He died in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980.