A moment of silence, followed by a silent run. Words were not necessary. Everyone knew why they had gathered at Beaumont's Bike and Hike Trail off Dishman Road.
Daniel Villareal was one of the about 100 runners to remember the lives lost and those wounded in the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
What people could not express in words, they wrote in chalk in a makeshift memorial with three roses, one for each victim.
Villareal ran in the Boston Marathon, and now back in Southeast Texas, he tells his running buddies of how it was when tears of joy for crossing the finish line, turned into tears of sorrow for a national tragedy.
It was his second close call.
He had been a senior at Virginia Tech during the shooting massacre there.
Villareal said, "If you look at what's happen to the Virginia Tech community, we're coming back very strong. Today is the anniversary of the shooting, so I'm also out her running for them."
Villareal and others who make up the Southeast Texas running community are confident that same resilience will also come out of this latest national tragedy.