were not officially allowed to compete and Switzer registered using her initials instead of her given name. When officials attempted to forcibly remove her from the race, Switzer's boyfriend shoved the men aside. Five years later, the Boston Athletic Association reversed their ban on female entrants. Switzer later won the women's 1974 New York City Marathon and was named Female Runner of the Decade, in part for her contributions to improving opportunities for female distance runners. Her reception at races is much different now: "When I go to the Boston Marathon, I have wet shoulders - women fall into my arms crying. They're weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything".