side of a tunnel,” said Muncher captain Sharon Abbott. “It was like getting to watch their births!”
As the Carpet Munchers made their way through the two-mile run through the woods, 200 miles away in the political jungle of DC, Dillon, Camp and DiBona snaked through the crowd to the wrought-iron fence surrounding the White House with three other activists, including Alan Bounville, also of Queer Rising, and Anne Tischer, and Mark Reed of GetEqual. Passing the chains hand over hand, they clasped the lock and ended their silence, repeatedly chanting, “I am somebody and I deserve full equality!” Police and Secret Service responded to the scene within minutes.
The Queer Rising three soon faced the Police Wagon, while the Carpet Munchers squared off with an unusual rescue situation as they hit the water obstacles, saving two fellow mudders who jumped off a 9-foot wooden plank into 18-feet of water without knowing how to swim. “Hello Lesbian Baywatch,” Abbott wrote in her debriefing report following the event. “How did these guys thank us? Umm, yes, by totally ignoring us and running off to the next obstacles, at which, once again, we kicked their asses!”
After being taken and processed at the Metropolitan Police Department’s 7th District in Anacostia, a DC quadrant known for its high crime rate, Dillon, Camp and DiBona spent the next 20 hours in a holding cell, awaiting arraignment on charges of Disobeying Police Orders. Their sole consolation: a baloney and cheese sandwich. “The cops and the CO’s were all very nice,” Dillon reported. “The ladies didn’t have a bed, per se, but the guys did.”
Team Outdoor Carpet Munchers finished their ordeal with a run through the Fire Walker, two long tracks of hay bales set ablaze and controlled by the local fire department. Emerging victorious that afternoon, with all “beavers” finishing the challenge, the team received their celebratory beers and hose-off and returned to New York that evening, tired but united in their resolve to do it again. About 12 hours later, the women of Queer Rising left a DC courtroom with a $100 fine, charges dropped, equally as committed should duty call once more. We’ll see what this weekend has in store…