13 best spots to watch the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon

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Best spots to watch the Houston Marathon (KTRK)

These hot spots around the city are perfect for watching the race and recommended by Houston bloggers ItsNotHouItsMe.com. Sites are listed by approximate mileage location for the marathon and half marathon (H).

Mile 1: Catalina Coffee
2201 Washington Ave.
Opens at 7 a.m. on race day - just in time to see the first pack of runners roll on by. This super hipster, throw-back, no-wifi coffee shop has a few tables outside to sit at while the race commences and you sip your joe.

Mile 2: Urban Eats
3414 Washington Ave.
A local Houston favorite, this bistro is opening early at 7 a.m. and hosting a watch party on their patio and second-floor terrace. Bonus, their full brunch menu begins at 9 a.m. and offers delicious southern favorites like to-die-for monkey bread and bomb Bloody Mary's.

Mile 4: Starbucks
2029 W. Gray St.
You have to see it to believe it! This intersection, in a uniquely Houston way, has three Starbucks and well-caffeinated crowds lining the streets of River Oaks Shopping Center. When you're done marveling the merits of corporate America, grab breakfast at local Epicure Bakery (2005 W. Gray St.) which opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Mile 6: House of Pies
3112 Kirby Dr.
Open 24/7 this classic diner has been serving homemade pie and hot coffee to Houstonians for over 45 years. On race day, expect loads of people to be lining Kirby with music, dance troupes and tailgating stations!

Mile 8: Rice University Running Trail
2325 Rice Blvd.
As runners, we love training on this nice, shaded gravel trail. This spot is a place to gain inspiration from all the marathon runners and do the 3-mile loop with your stroller, dog, or just solo. Plus, the Rice Owl Marching Band will be making an appearance in this area!

Mile 9 (H): Snooze AM Eatery
3217 Montrose
Known for their notorious wait times for brunch, Snooze offers a menu filled with breakfast favorites, like decadent pancakes and hearty hashes. Since you'll likely be standing outside for at least an hour waiting for a table, you may as well bring a sign or two to cheer on the runners! Plus, there's also an option to get seated outside with a clear view of the race course on Montrose Blvd.

Mile 10: West University
2400 University Blvd.
After the crowds die down, reward yourself with a decadently delightful crepe from Sweet Paris Creperie & Café. If you're visiting town for the first time, a breakfast taco from Torchy's Tacos or a kolache from Kolache Factory is a uniquely Houston experience.

Mile 10 (H): Inversion Coffee House
1953 Montrose Blvd.
Open bright and early on Sunday morning, the baristas will be armed and ready to fuel all your caffeine needs, offer you a nice spot to stay warm (or cool off, depending on how the Houston weather goes) and maybe provide a tasty treat like a homemade baked oreo bar.

Mile 14/15: Post Oak Blvd
If you're looking to cheer on runners, see a performance, and then do a little shopping, head to the Galleria. Be on the lookout for cloggers around Mile 14 and belly dancers at Mile 15. Plus, this may be the one time you see the Galleria area traffic free, so that's pretty novel in itself.

Mile 20: Memorial Park
7575 N. Picnic Ln.
This is the marathoners' home stretch and often when they hit the metaphorical "wall," aka the hardest part of the course where they really need to stay motivated. Grab a spot on the gravel park trail or Memorial Drive median and cheer with all your might!

Mile 20-22: Miles of Music
Memorial Drive
Get ready to show off your Texas Two Steppin' skills or break out in your boot scootin' and boogie! Miles of Music, powered by Clif Bar will have rocking good tunes and fuel at the Clif Energy Zone to carry runners through this 3-mile stretch on their way to the finish line.

Mile 22: Los Rauncheros HOOPLA Station
5512 Memorial Dr.
Keep the party going on the home stretch with Texas-based surf and blues band and longest-standing HOOPLA station, Los Rauncheros. There's plenty of real estate to post up here for cheering with some of the best seats along the course.

Miles 23-24/Mile 11-12 (H): Buffalo Bayou Park
3115 Allen Pkwy.
This is the hilliest part of the marathon course, so encouragement is definitely needed as runners take on the final miles of the race. There's plenty of sidewalk space on both sides of Allen Pkwy for cheerleaders, and Dick's Sporting Goods will be posted up in this area too!

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