The Dallas Marathon is Sunday, Dec. 13. If you're not running, you should be cheering. And eating tacos and drinking beer.

The Dallas Marathon is Sunday, Dec. 13. If you're not running, you should be cheering. And eating tacos and drinking beer.

Mei-Chun Jau
If you're not running, make 'em smile instead. Especially near the end.

If you're not running, make 'em smile instead. Especially near the end.

G.J. McCarthy

Look, we are not all cut out to run 26.2 miles. Some of us ran out of time to train. Others never, ever planned on doing it in the first place. But the folks who are lacing up their tennis shoes for the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon on Dec. 11 deserve some support.

The marathon jogs through some of the most interesting parts of Dallas: along Turtle Creek and past the fancy homes on Beverly Drive in Highland Park; south on Greenville Avenue past a host of bars and restaurants; along historic Swiss Avenue and around part of White Rock Lake.

If you want to go cheer on your friends from the sidewalk this Sunday, check the weather

Remember: If your friends can run a longer distance than you care to drive, you can stand outside and cheer them on.

Here are some notable spots along the race route:

For perspective, a single one of these ornaments fits on one truck bed. They're big.

For perspective, a single one of these ornaments fits on one truck bed. They're big.

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Omni Dallas for the ultimate selfie

You know it's Christmastime when the famous giant red ornaments land on the Omni Dallas' lawn. If you're an early riser, start there to see the beginning of the race. (You can see the end of the full marathon there, too, if you wait long enough.) Wander inside the Omni and you'll find a coffee shop to give you a perk. Be sure to take a selfie in front of the big red balls. Approach the Omni from the west or north to avoid race barricades. 555 S. Lamar St., Dallas. 

In West Village,where it's wine o'clock

Just before the 4-mile mark, spectators will find a Texas Rangers sponsored viewing party in West Village, a shopping center in Uptown. There'll be a DJ and food trucks. The party runs 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., the perfect time to head to Max's Wine Dive. Is it too early for wine? 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas.

In front of a very nice house in Highland Park

BMW Dallas Marathon / Half Marathon / Behringer Relay

Don't be weird about it if it's your first time in Dallas' most affluent neighborhood, that's rule No. 1. You can have a very free, very fun time watching runners race by if you stop by Beverly Drive in Highland Park between Drexel Drive and Abbott Avenue. A good bet might be to stop beforehand at the Starbucks in Highland Park Village, at Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, then drive your coffee to Beverly. Bring your running buddy a shot of espresso if that's his or her thing. Starbucks in Highland Park Village: 100 Highland Park Shopping Center, Suite 101A, Highland Park. 

Trader Joe's on Greenville Avenue if you need groceries

Two birds, one stone: Hop into Trader Joe's on Greenville Avenue for, maybe, some Cookie Butter or Joe Joe's cookies as a congratulatory dessert for your athletic friends; and wave as they sail by at Mile 9. Opens at 8 a.m. 2001 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 

On Greenville Avenue for a St. Pat's-like party

If you enjoy the annual party on Greenville Avenue every year for St. Patrick's Day, head back to that area, between the Granada Theater and Munger Avenue, for a block party during the marathon. Sundown at Granada will be open early, at 9 a.m. for brunch. Sundown at Granada is at 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas.

Unleavened Kitchen for a healthy snack

Located in Lakewood where the marathon runs down La Vista Drive, Unleavened Fresh Kitchen opens at 9 a.m. for breakfast. Unleavened serves healthy bites like acai bowls, quinoa porridge and steel cut oatmeal plus a variety of breakfast hashes and wraps. Runners wearing their bib or medal get half-price beers and mimosas after the race. 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas.

The Lot Dallas

At the Lot for a pretty view

At Mile 18, runners will whiz by while you can post up at The Lot in East Dallas, a particularly family-friendly restaurant and bar with a huge backyard. This is the perfect spot if you have kids who need to get their wiggles out while mom sips a breakfast cocktail. 7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas.

Hand beers to runners (and snag one for yourself)

Every year, some of the most fun marathon supporters post up at Mile 21, where they pass beers to their hard-working friends as they run by. Apparently, many of the men in the group, the Hash House Harriers, dress in wigs, dresses and heels. (Because why not?) The Woodrow Wilson High School band and cheer squad will help make it fun. Best time to go is 9:30 a.m. 100 N. Brookside Dr., Dallas. Map here.

Anvil Pub for boozy brunch

If your reaction to Anvil Pub's crazy brunch drink is not "holy cow," you need to check your pulse.

If your reaction to Anvil Pub's crazy brunch drink is not "holy cow," you need to check your pulse.

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"Boozy brunch" is in fact one item: It's a $20 Bloody Mary (stay with me) topped with things like burgers and taquitos on sticks. There are three other boozy brunch drink/meals-on-a-stick if the Bloody Mary isn't your thing. Anvil's $20 price tag might seem like a lot, but you actually get an entire meal on a stick plus a cup of alcohol and a small PBR on the side. Racers wind through Deep Ellum around Mile 24. Post up at Anvil when it opens at 11 a.m. Sunday for brunch, or go with your runner friend for an after-race drink. 2638 Elm St., Dallas.

If you're into cars

The Dallas Marathon is the BMW Dallas Marathon, so its car club plans to bring out 50 antique and custom BMWs to Mile 24, along Columbia Avenue in East Dallas. Go gawk if you like cars.

The TV in your living room, if you're the laziest friend ever

You can watch the Dallas Marathon on WFAA-Channel 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. Your friends will not, however, feel your support. And you will miss a potentially fun morning with breakfast and beer.

Hat tip to the Richards Group, the media relations company who gave several suggestions along the race route.

Follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich for more fun ideas around Dallas.

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