Pune was initially popular as the Oxford of the east. It was also well known as the Cultural capital of the state. However in recent times since 1994, the city has catapulted to be known as the Sports city of the country and the credit mainly goes to the successful 30 editions of Pune International Marathon. The marathon began way back in 1918 when the famous Deccan Gymkhana hosted the first meeting of the Indian Olympic Association. This was followed by organization of the first ever national marathon of the country in 1919. The event is still considered as a milestone in the annuals of Indian Sports.