Rather watch the marathon than run it? Here are our favorite (indoor) viewingspots
I'm not about to wake up early Sunday to run 26 miles, but I'm in total awe of my fellow Houstonians who are, and I want to watch.
There are countless places to watch along the route, which can be found here, but with a 90 percent chance of rain and temperatures expected to reach the low 40s, you're likely to find me posted up indoors at one of these spots. (Please note, I don't plan to be up at start time, so some of these venues don't open until the runners will be well on their way). In no particular order:
King Biscuit — This bar and grill at 1606 White Oak Dr. has a spacious patio from which to admire the runners, a great beer selection, good food and an eclectic collection of regulars (my father is one). It overlooks the bayou and should be a prime watch spot.
Homeplate — Caddy corner from Minute Maid Park on Texas Avenue, this Astros-obsessed grill should be a good spot to watch the runners take off from and exhaustedly return to the George R. Brown. Homeplate doesn't open until 11 a.m. on Sunday, though, so I'd bet on catching the end of the race.
11th Street Cafe — Grab some greasy breakfast goodness or a burger at this dive diner on the corner of 11th Street and Studewood in the Heights to watch the runners come and go — they'll make the corner at 11th Street.
Elysian Viaduct — If you're not like me, and you'd rather get out near the action than work on some caloric intake while you observe this feat of athleticism, the Elysian Viaduct (an elegant-sounding but glorified overpass) connecting downtown Houston — near Minute Maid — with Near Northside is a good place to watch.
Krafts'men Baking — Located next door to The Black Labrador at 4100 Montrose Blvd., Krafts'men Bakery by Scott Tycer will be open bright and early race day at 7 a.m. with coffee, fresh pastries and a mean croissant breakfast sandwich.
Inversion Coffee — Named for the temporary art installation by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck that once stood in its place, Inversion Coffee at 1953 Montrose Blvd. should be a prime place to take in some art, sip on gourmet coffee and enjoy the same baked goods you can score down the street at Krafts'men.
Have you got a favorite spot to watch the race? Let us know.