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Teen Track Star Races To Finish Line And Unexpectedly Runs Straight Into Military Mom’s Arms

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Captain Erika Woodson is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, for a three-year deployment. There’s nothing that makes her as happy as when she attends her daughter Jada’s important events, like her basketball games, dance recitals, and gymnastic competitions.

Jada, 13, is also a track star at her middle school in Sacramento, California. When Erika learned Jada would be the anchor for her team at her big championship meet, she knew there was no way she could miss it. By this point, she’d been in Alaska for six months, and it broke her heart to have missed her track meets for so long.

So Erika secretly worked with the school counselor to organize a surprise that Jada never saw coming.

As Jada prepared to cross the finish line, she realized she was in first place and would be winning the relay race for her team.

But just as she approached the tail end of the race, she saw a woman in uniform standing directly in front of her, holding her arms out and cheering her on.

The elated teen realized it was Mom and started running even faster — right into her arms.

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