Forsyth County resident Ted Borzak received the Senior Champion of the Year Award, an accolade only given to one person in Georgia each year.
Borzak, a 90-year-old man active in the Forsyth community, heard he had won the award from the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services on his birthday May 13.
“I was totally surprised,” Borzak said. “I didn’t even know what it was. It took some time to sink in.”
The Senior Champion leads by example in “the promotion of health and wellness,” according to the award.
Borzak is active in the Hearthstone Hiking Club and has gone beyond the physical challenges of the hiking club trips to Brasstown Bald and Blood Mountain. He finished fourth in his age group in a recent Boulder Dash 5K in Cumming.
Although thankful for his health, Borzak said he doesn’t know where it comes from.
“I am extremely fortunate about one thing,” Borzak said. “I’m healthy, and that’s surely an accident.”
In his past, Borzak was in the navy in World War II, worked as a certified engineer and became active in the community in 2009 after his wife died of Alzheimer’s disease.