MEET THE TEAM
Three Time Olympian
Ritzenhein is a three-time Olympian, twice at 10,000 meters (2004 and 2012) and once in the marathon (2008, when he finished ninth and first American). He is a former U.S. record holder at 5,000 meters. His marathon PR of 2:07:47, set at the 2012 Chicago Marathon, makes him the third fastest American in history.
Winner of the Boston Marathon
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1977, Meyer eventually moved to the Boston area to train with Bill Rodgers and other members of the Greater Boston Track Club, then one of the leading training groups in the U.S. In addition to winning Boston, he also had marathon victories in Detroit (1980) and Chicago (1982). Meyer's winning time of 2:09:00 at Boston was a personal record and the third fastest time on the course up to that point.
Fifteen days before winning Boston, Meyer set a still-standing American record of 46:13 to win the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington, D.C. Meyer was also an accomplished track runner, with a 10,000-meter PR of 27:53, and was one of the first Americans to break 4:00 in the mile (3:58.4) and 2:10 in the marathon.
World Champion Duathlete
Bear Lake Sprint Duathlon Overall Winner-2015 and 2016, 2015 USAT Standard Duathlon National Championships 1st Men 50-54 (15th overall) – June 6, 2015. Grand Haven Olympic Duathlon Overall Winner – July 12, 2015. Tri Del Sol Olympic Duathlon Overall Winner – July 18, 2015, Honeycreek Sprint Duathlon Overall Winner – September 7, 2015, Powermac Frankenmuth. Duathlon Relay Overall Winner – September 27, 2015, 2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships 1st Men 50-54 (38th overall) – October 18, 2015, 2015 USAT Men’s Masters Duathlete of the Year, 2016 USAT Sprint Duathlon National Championships 1st Men’s 50-54 (12th overall) – June 25, 2016
"I am really excited to help Johnny and Jeff meet their goal this October in Hawaii. This is a huge undertaking and every part of the puzzle; including the training, equipment, nutrition, injury prevention, and mental preparation must be spot on. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of multi-sport and helping others meet their goals. This particular mission for Johnny and Jeff is really inspiring and I am honored to be part of their journey."
For musician turned triathlete Thad Beaty, “Music That Moves” is the literal summation of his incredible journey thus far. A guitarist who spent the past 9 years with country juggernaut Sugarland, sharing stages with Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Rhianna, Beyonce’ and more, as well as contributing as a writer on albums selling upwards of 10 million copies, Beaty traveled the globe for decades on the wings of music. But after his mother’s diagnosis with colon cancer and his own realization that the rock and roll lifestyle had resulted in his own poor health he set out on a new journey to reclaim his own health, the health of his family, and now, a quickly growing community of triathletes all over the world.
Music That Moves was born out of Thad’s journey back to health in all areas of his life. Through the medium of a plant-based diet combined with a goal to compete in an IRONMAN, Thad found himself over 70 pounds lighter and surrounded by fellow athletes and musicians who wanted his help with their own journeys. Never one to do anything halfway, he dove in head first and pursued multiple coaching certifications (USA Triathlon Level 2, USAC Level 2, Training Peaks Level 2, USMS Level 2, Newton Running, Dynamic Movement Assessment,TRX, Spartan SGX, Triathlon Research, and Scheduled to sit for his Nutritionist certification and NSCA CSCS) to better coach the athletes he is leading.
But beyond the physical piece of training for a triathlon, Beaty is equally concerned with the spiritual journey an athlete must undertake to complete such a rigorous training program and finish a race. Every client with whom he works must ask themselves WHY they want to take on the challenge. Their “Why” fuels everything throughout training and Thad’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which they race is just as important as the training itself. Music That Moves is proud to have partnered with St. Jude’s, Ironman Foundation, Melanoma Research Foundation, Musicares, Porters Call, Rock n Roll Marathon Series, Second Harvest Food Bank, Runwell, Move For Hunger, New Life For Newton, and other non-profits to help promote their causes. He is also the acting Team Captain for the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation’s TeamEdith athletes and the Kona Inspired Ironman Foundation programs.
After discovering the niche and passion to affect people’s lives for positive change, Thad was asked to be a celebrity mentor on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight-loss Edition, helping to coach and train a participant to complete the milestone of the New Zealand Half-Ironman and the story has been featured in People, Triathlete, Competitor, CNN, Ironman.com, Transform Your Health, AOL, and many other publications as well as on numerous Podcasts and blogs. He has personally contributed to the topics of fitness, health, and a plant-based lifestyle for numerous national publications.
As a coach, Thad has enjoyed working with those who are just starting their health and fitness journey, coaching the NAC strength and track programs, and coaching elite level athletes who are competing on the world stage in the Duathlon World Championships, Ironman World Championships, and state cycling time trail championships, 70.3 Worlds, Duathlon Worlds, Boston and NYC marathons, and several other marquee events. For 2017 Thad was selected as the Head Coach for TeamUSA at the World Championships (Grand Finals) in Rotterdam. This is something he is truly excited and honored to be a part of.
Through years of experience in the recording studio, on the worlds biggest stages both in the arenas of music and sport, Thad sees the connection between being the leader of a company, a producer/musician, and a coach as very harmonious in that whether you are working with your staff, an artist, or an athlete, the goal is simple, you must inspire the best out of your people. His philosophy has always been to provide a safe environment for the artist/athlete to excel on the highest level. Knowing that both the studio and competitive stages are fierce and vulnerable places, the artist/athlete must be empowered and prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Thad is proud of the community of people he has come to know through his training, and grateful for the tremendous amount of support he has received from his musical colleagues, fans, and the companies who have sponsored him. Music That Moves continues to grow in Nashville and beyond and Thad looks forward to the continued journey ahead.
Joseph Campbell once said, “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
Sitting in a coffee shop in Franklin, TN, hands shaking, signing a contract agreeing not only to race the Ironman World Championship but to be responsible for singlehandedly raising $50,000 and becoming the spokesperson for the Melanoma Research Foundation and Kona Inspires Ironman Foundation campaigns having only one mini triathlon under her belt, Nicole Serraiocco was about to let go of her “normal” life and accept the incredible journey waiting ahead on which she finds herself today.
One of the youngest to pass the Certified Reliability Engineering exam, a manager of Ford Visteon by age 28, data driven, details oriented, and problem solver to the extreme, Serraiocco was on the fast track to the top of a career in mechanical engineering. But with her husband’s job transferring him to Paris, France and the birth of her third child, she forewent the corporate route and dove headfirst into running their busy household, eventually landing just outside of Music City in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, TN.
Making several friends involved in triathlon, Nicole didn’t consider the sport as a viable option for her busy life until one of her best friends had a son born with half a heart. “I decided, since his life was going to be such a marathon struggle, that I was going to race my first marathon and raise money for the family in the process. I felt compelled to do something and that was what I came up with.” Next up, she decided to try a tri. Needing a triathlon coach, she reached out to Music That Moves’ Thad Beaty and on the long bike rides shared that her father had passed away from Melanoma, a tragically preventable disease and one that she was impassioned to put a stop to any way possible.
Within a few weeks of working with Nicole, Thad presented her with the opportunity to take that passion to the big stage of Kona as the spokesperson for the Melanoma Research Foundation, the race only a mere five months away, something of which Nicole never dreamed nor saw coming. “It was clear that she had the talent to pull it off. But more importantly, she had the so often overlooked intangibles of the drive and the heart to finish it,” said Beaty. Successfully raising over $50,000 and completing her first Ironman, Nicole set on a new path, joining Music That Moves as a partner holding both a certifications as an Ironman and USA Cycling coach. Inspiring others to do what they never thought possible is now her passion. Combining her knack for deciphering data, problem solving, and heart for family and community, she is an incredible coach, friend and champion for her athletes.
After coaching multiple Kona finishers and being a part of hundreds of thousands of dollars raised, the mission continues. Doing something bigger than yourself changed the trajectory of her life, and now she is on a mission to help others do the same.