Ali on the Run Show Episode 166: Rachel Wyman, Owner of Montclair Bread Company & Founder of Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club

“I was in survival mode. What can I do to pay our rent? What can I do to put food on the table?”

When Rachel Wyman was five months postpartum with her third child, she opened her first bakery: Montclair Bread Company. Then, when the bakery hit 4,000 Facebook likes, Rachel decided she should do something to celebrate the social media milestone. Despite not being a runner and never having run a race herself, she hosted a low-key 4K race that has since grown to become New Jersey’s hardest-to-get-into annual 5K. And Rachel, of course, has become a runner and triathlete along the way. Today, Montclair Bread Company is the town’s go-to destination for runners, and is home to the 2,000-member Fueled by Doughnuts run club. On this episode, Rachel, a mom of three, talks about what it was like working 80-hour weeks while getting her MBA and being the sole income provider for her family of five. (Her final project for her master’s degree was a business plan for a bakery — which she then made into a reality. A+ for Rachel!) She talks about the accident that shattered her pelvis and changed her life, the power of community, and the importance of following your passions and being open to where life takes you.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • The story behind the Fueled by Doughnuts 5K, and how it grew to something huge and amazing (4:45)
  • How Rachel started the Fueled by Doughnuts run club, and grew it to more than 2,000 members (18:50)
  • On being naturally business-minded (31:10)
  • What it feels like walking into her bakery every day (52:50)
  • What it was like being on — and winning! — Food Network’s Doughnut Showdown (55:00)
  • The accident that shattered Rachel’s pelvis and changed her life (57:50)

What we mention on this episode:

Fueled by Doughnuts 5K

Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon

Wineglass Marathon

Bread Alone

“Meet the Club that Runs for Doughnuts” via Runner’s World

Ironman Lake Placid

Mohawk Hudson Marathon

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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