LITTLE CANADA, MN-- It's been two years since the last time Andrew Colvard stepped on a baseball diamond.
Fast forward to June 6th of this year, the former Saints outfielder returned for a special cause.
"A friend of mine we're ready to run grandmas like you said it was canceled. We were about halfway through our training, we figured we might as well continue it. We did all that work to get ready. So we thought let's make something out of it," said Colvard.
Colvard along with his friend Mat Anderson dubbed their virtual Grandma's Marathon race as the "World's Longest Home Run Trot," raising money for Special Olympics along the way.
"We both have uncles that have special needs and participate in Special Olympics. So we figured, let's relate it to sports and that's where we came up with the idea making a video of us hitting a walk-off home run and then finishing back at home plate," added Colvard.
After the big hit, the video shows the two starting their race in Stillwater before finishing at Gilbertson Field in Little Canada.
Colvard admits it was tough to map out their race to get to exactly 26.2 miles.
"We didn't want to be coming around home plate and being like alright we didn't even make it. And have to continue running. There were quite a few people at the finish line for us which was really cool. So we ended up maybe running an extra tenth of a mile," said Colvard.
Extra running aside, the race was much more than tracking miles.
"The joy it brings to see the athletes in Special Olympics that participate and play in games we take for granted so much. It's a joy to go to these games and watch," added Colvard.
Even more special for Colvard, was his uncle Brad joined him on his way to home plate.
"My uncle was able to run the last little bit around the bases for us. We did a Gatorade bath at the end and you see his smile in people's video cameras. It's so much more than running the 26. Just to be able to do something and for both of us it hits close to home," said Colvard.
Colvard says they raised over $27-hundred dollars for the Special Olympics. But they are still taking donations, if you would like to get involved you can visit the donation page by clicking here.