Faces of Joy: Randi Van Pelt

Wilton JoyRider, mother and artist Randi van Pelt was recently honored by Ann’s Place which provides support for those battling cancer. Randi's striking photo was included in an exhibit of local breast cancer survivors’ images at Ridgefield’s 10th annual Drink for Pink event. 

A longtime JoyRider, cancer survivor and fitness enthusiast, Randi is known for her big smile and caring way. She shares how she’s found joy as she embraces a healthy lifestyle. She has also had an impact on the JoyRide community. As instructor Selina Santos says: “I have had the honor of witnessing Randi’s strength and dedication in the studio. At every ride, she exemplifies power in that pedal stroke. She dominates my HIIT drills! But what gives me the most joy is getting to know her. She is so kind — she is one of the most giving and caring people I’ve met. She takes what she has been through in her life and empowers others. She is a game changer, a true Queen and I am beyond lucky to ride with her.” 

In support of Ann’s Place and Randi, JoyRide Wilton will hold a special Mamma Mia triple team teach fundraising ride on October 26 at 5:30 p.m. Book your bike here: https://www.joyridestudio.com/wilton/events

 
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About Randi

How did you get involved with Ann’s Place?
I got involved with Ann’s place from my friend who volunteers there. She heard they needed survivors to tell their story through a photograph. I was excited because this year marks 15 years that I am cancer free! Kristen Jensen has donated her time and talent for the last 10 years, taking photographs of survivors. Last week they celebrated by having all of her pictures displayed in Ridgefield. Ann’s Place provides services to women with breast cancer for free -- it is quite something.  I am hoping to continue to get involved in anyway that I can with them. Having JoyRide do this ride, is really awesome!

And what initially brought you to JoyRide?

When Lynn (Dinanno) told me you were opening a studio in Wilton and she was going to be teaching, I was excited to give it a try.

Has exercise been a part of your life for a long time?

I have been exercising all my life. I danced in High School and then started group exercise and running in college. 

What motivates you on a daily basis?

I am motivated by my children to keep moving forward and staying healthy! The instructors at joyRide help me achieve this goal.

How would you describe the JoyRide experience to friends and family?

I would describe joyride as a fun way to exercise. The music motivates me as well as the awesome instructors and other riders!

What are/were goals that you wish to accomplish with the help of JoyRide or that you already accomplished?

The last three years have helped me accomplish to continue to exercise regularly and also motivated me to push myself harder each time I get in the studio.

About Randi

How did you get involved with Ann’s Place?
I got involved with Ann’s place from my friend who volunteers there. She heard they needed survivors to tell their story through a photograph. I was excited because this year marks 15 years that I am cancer free! Kristen Jensen has donated her time and talent for the last 10 years, taking photographs of survivors. Last week they celebrated by having all of her pictures displayed in Ridgefield. Ann’s Place provides services to women with breast cancer for free -- it is quite something.  I am hoping to continue to get involved in anyway that I can with them. Having JoyRide do this ride, is really awesome!

And what initially brought you to JoyRide?

When Lynn (Dinanno) told me you were opening a studio in Wilton and she was going to be teaching, I was excited to give it a try.

Has exercise been a part of your life for a long time?

I have been exercising all my life. I danced in High School and then started group exercise and running in college. 

What motivates you on a daily basis?

I am motivated by my children to keep moving forward and staying healthy! The instructors at joyRide help me achieve this goal.

How would you describe the JoyRide experience to friends and family?

I would describe joyride as a fun way to exercise. The music motivates me as well as the awesome instructors and other riders!

What are/were goals that you wish to accomplish with the help of JoyRide or that you already accomplished?

The last three years have helped me accomplish to continue to exercise regularly and also motivated me to push myself harder each time I get in the studio.

About Randi

How did you get involved with Ann’s Place?
I got involved with Ann’s place from my friend who volunteers there. She heard they needed survivors to tell their story through a photograph. I was excited because this year marks 15 years that I am cancer free! Kristen Jensen has donated her time and talent for the last 10 years, taking photographs of survivors. Last week they celebrated by having all of her pictures displayed in Ridgefield. Ann’s Place provides services to women with breast cancer for free -- it is quite something.  I am hoping to continue to get involved in anyway that I can with them. Having JoyRide do this ride, is really awesome!

And what initially brought you to JoyRide?

When Lynn (Dinanno) told me you were opening a studio in Wilton and she was going to be teaching, I was excited to give it a try.

Has exercise been a part of your life for a long time?

I have been exercising all my life. I danced in High School and then started group exercise and running in college. 

What motivates you on a daily basis?

I am motivated by my children to keep moving forward and staying healthy! The instructors at joyRide help me achieve this goal.

How would you describe the JoyRide experience to friends and family?

I would describe joyride as a fun way to exercise. The music motivates me as well as the awesome instructors and other riders!

What are/were goals that you wish to accomplish with the help of JoyRide or that you already accomplished?

The last three years have helped me accomplish to continue to exercise regularly and also motivated me to push myself harder each time I get in the studio.