HOUSTON, Texas (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 6:30 a.m. so you can cheer on the runners.
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. Additionally, you'll get to hear the beats of the Katy High School Drumline! That Roarin' Band from Tigerland is the oldest band in the Katy ISD and that experience definitely shows. We dare you to stage your support crew here and not break out a dance move or two.
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 6.5: Ronald McDonald Shoe Car - North Blvd. & Kirby
An homage to Houston's infamous Art Car Parade, the mode of transportation for Ronald himself, and the source of joy for many young spectators, the Ronald McDonald Shoe Car makes its appearance at mile six and a half on the marathon and half marathon route.
Mile 7: Baileson Brewing Company With USO & Cody Wayne Band and Flags Courtesy of West U Rotary Club
2322 Bissonnet St.
A truly Texas experience awaits at mile 7. Grab a cold one from Baileson Brewing Company, find a seat and relax as you take in the crooning of country music tunes from the Cody Wayne Band. BONUS: the streets are lined with American and Texas flags courtesy of the West U Rotary Cub to make sure you capture your runner in all their Texan glory!
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, post up here to spectate for some good music and most importantly, lots of fun!
Mile 9 (H): Snooze AM Eatery
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 12: Camp Gladiator, Westpark & Newscastle
Changing Fitness, Changing Lives! Camp Gladiator "Lines the Streets" as they take over nearly an entire mile on the marathon course. Arrive early to take part in their "Closed Street Pre Marathon Workout" and stay for the spectator partying that is sure to rival any Texans tailgate.
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. Experience the world and Houston's culture through the art of dance as you're 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 21: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Memorial & S Picnic Lane
Go Texan! And Go Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! The world's largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo promotes agriculture by providing a family-friendly live entertainment experience that educates the public, supports Texas youth, and showcases Western heritage. It's a tradition for many Houstonians and will be a welcomed addition to the final miles of the storied Houston Marathon.
Mile 21: Michelob Ultra RunHou Party, Memorial & S Picnic Lane
Did someone say free beer? Post up here for a true party on-course complete with free Michelob Ultra tastings. (tastings only for 21+)
Mile 20-22: Miles of Music
Get ready to show off your Texas Two Steppin' skills or break out in your boot scootin' and boogie! Miles of Music is guaranteed to have rocking good tunes through this three-mile stretch on the 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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