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Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent
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I worked as a volunteer at IM Chattanooga two weekends ago and
signed up for next year's race. During the bike to run transition,
American Pro Barrett Brandon, who ended up 4th overall in the race,
stopped as soon as he entered the change tent and urinated on the floor.
He did so in a location such that every other person in the race, some
2500+ were forced to run through his urine into the change tent. There
were no officials present in the change tent, only volunteers as far as I
could tell.

I understand the Pro Athletes compete for a living, but that does
not make them immune from the rules. As I understand the rules of every
triathlon I have competed in for the past 20 years, when a race provides
restroom facilities and you fail to use those, you are penalized. In
fact there are at least two USAT rules which apply to this situation:

3.3 General Conduct. At or during an event, or while at the event site,
all participants must:
b. Conduct themselves in a manner that is not offensive in any way to
fellow participants, spectators, officials or volunteers and is considered
reasonable and acceptable in the community

and
3.4.1 Endangerment. No participant shall commit any dangerous act which
could cause injury to any participant. Any violation of this Section shall
result in disqualification.

It cannot be said Mr. Brandon?s conduct was acceptable to the community.
Further, contaminating a public area with urine is clearly a dangerous act
which could compromise the health and safety of other entrants and
volunteers alike. Either of these two rules would prohibit Mr. Brandon
from urinating literally in the door of the change tent, especially when
there were port-a-lets within a few feet of the exit from that tent. He
should have been disqualified or at a minimum assessed a time penalty.
IM Chattanooga was wonderfully organized. In fact it would have
taken Mr. Brandon, no more than perhaps 10 additional seconds to use the
facilities provided.

Barrett Brandon was an embarrassment to himself and all of the
volunteers, several of whom who were forced to literally step back to
avoid getting splashed with his urine. I was embarrassed and outraged. I
am not sure if anything can be done to Mr. Brandon at this point. But
this sort of conduct by the Professional athletes or anyone else should
not be tolerated.

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Glad I kept my bike shoes on till I could put my running shoes on! Guess he didnt want to piss on his bike or on his own feet.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Inappropriate: yes.
Catastrophic: no.

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [sp1ke] [ In reply to ]
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I'm going to need some of that.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Thank God urine is sterile, you could drink it if you had to. Crazy fact for the day, there are greater than 1 million microorganisms in a gram of dirt; if you want a sterile changing environment, ain't gunna happen.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Glad I was out of there before he was. That is on of the more bizarre things I've heard someone do in a change tent. Especially considering it is pretty empty when we go through. I agree that it is disgusting, inappropriate and whatever other word(s) I could use. I've never had to go that bad I guess...

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Dirt floor or built floor (hardwood, tile, etc.)?

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Little odd, never seen someone urinate in a changing tent lol. Doesn't really bother me since I pee on my bike, but would hate to be a volunteer in that tent after that.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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given your outrage surely you confronted him at the door to the tent during his piss-fest. What did you say? What did he say? How was it resolved?

I think it's gross. I don't think it should have happened. But if you're so upset about it, you should have forced him to stop or thrown down towels over the piss puddle so that 2500+ athletes didn't wade through it. Or something at the race rather than wait 2 weeks to complain about it here. I don't understand the point.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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bbryant wrote:
During the bike to run transition,
American Pro Barrett Brandon, who ended up 4th overall in the race,
stopped as soon as he entered the change tent and urinated on the floor.

Did it take him longer that 2min and 19 seconds? He should have peed on the bike and he could have had a shot at Trevor Wurtele in 3rd place. Amateur . . .

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [Run For Money] [ In reply to ]
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I am surprised no one said anything to him! If I was volunteering and I saw that (pro or not) I would of said something to him!



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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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There definitely is something that can be done about that by contacting the Head Referee on race day. Sitting in a change tent chair and peeing while you put on your shoes is also not okay.


No volunteer should ever be subject to that. EVER.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [turningscrews] [ In reply to ]
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My wife worked women's changing tent at IMLP in 2011. One of the female race leaders sat down in chair and proceded to urinate. She then said "sorry ladies, this is the life of a pro triathlete". My wife took said chair outside and rinsed it off. But that didn't horrify her, she works in an ER at a level 1 trauma center, but what did?? The tampons....won't go into detail.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Did he whip it out or just stand there and piss in his kit?
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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This is too bizarre..I'm having a hard time believing this.
You'd think after two weeks, someone else would have said something..

If this ends up being verified as true, Mr Brandon is going to secure himself a spot in ST history.


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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [Fat_Ironman] [ In reply to ]
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I did not confront the guy, nor did anyone else....but the more I thought about it the more "pissed" off I became.....its just uncalled for is all.

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [Fat_Ironman] [ In reply to ]
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Fat_Ironman wrote:
My wife worked women's changing tent at IMLP in 2011. One of the female race leaders sat down in chair and proceded to urinate. She then said "sorry ladies, this is the life of a pro triathlete". My wife took said chair outside and rinsed it off. But that didn't horrify her, she works in an ER at a level 1 trauma center, but what did?? The tampons....won't go into detail.

Dude seriously, right before lunch with this?!?! lol
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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Ass Pennies!
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [turningscrews] [ In reply to ]
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turningscrews wrote:
Thank God urine is sterile, you could drink it if you had to. Crazy fact for the day, there are greater than 1 million microorganisms in a gram of dirt; if you want a sterile changing environment, ain't gunna happen.

Bateria-free, normally; Virus free ... you never know.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [sentania] [ In reply to ]
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Well that explains why the area where I changed shoes smelled like piss. Actually said something out loud about it.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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bbryant wrote:
I am not sure if anything can be done to Mr. Brandon at this point.

Perhaps they could fine him. But, apparently, he doesn't have a pot to piss in.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [turningscrews] [ In reply to ]
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turningscrews wrote:
Thank God urine is sterile, you could drink it if you had to. Crazy fact for the day, there are greater than 1 million microorganisms in a gram of dirt; if you want a sterile changing environment, ain't gunna happen.
Good grief. You must have received your medical degree from dr. google. Urine. Sterile. Lol!

Even the healthiest of people have some bacteria in their urine. There is nothing "sterile" about urine.

The behavior of this "pro" is beyond despicable. It is disgusting. He is an embarrassment to himself and all triathletes.

I am truly sorry that any volunteer or participant had to deal with this guys disgusting behavior.
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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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While I may agree with your point, how did you respond and what steps did you take? I think it is highly inappropriate to call out a pro athlete several weeks after an event on a public forum IF (you apparently didn't) you did not address it with race officials/the athlete/volunteer captain/other authority first. IF you did none of the above, I unfortunately think your post may be as inappropriate as his conduct.

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Re: Chattanooga Pro Pissing in Change Tent [bbryant] [ In reply to ]
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better than a #2 big dump I suppose



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