Our History - Raidlight
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Following in his father’s footsteps Benoît Laval began running at the age of ten and quickly fell in love with what would become a lifelong passion. The pursuit of his passions for running and product design lead him to start RaidLight, a dedicated trail and ultra running brand in 1999. Since then, Benoît has competed in over 100 trail and ultra races taking him to all seven continents. Benoît continues to help RaidLight innovate and grow while still competing in the world’s toughest races all over the world. Follow Benoît on his adventures through his personal blog at www.benoitlaval.com

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RaidLight Trail Running Brand

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1999: RaidLight is Founded

In search of products to meet the demanding environments of trail and ultra racing Benoît Laval creates the first RaidLight prototypes in his garage. 

2001: A RaidLight Family Begins

After two years of traveling to races and selling gear out of his car Benoît hires his first employee to help grow RaidLight.

2008: Made in France Product Line Launch

 Dedicated to the local community RaidLight launches the Made in France product line.

2008:Team Open to All

The industry's first team open to all is created to bring the global trail running family together.

2010: French National Team

Benoît is selected to compete for the French National Trail Running Team.

2011: Saint Pierre de Chartruse

RaidLight moves into their tailored made environmentally friendly building in the heard of the Alps. 

2012: Dedicated Trail Running Shoes

The first RaidLight trail running shoe hits the market in Europe.

2014: INO FAB Production Lab

The INO FAB production facility is founded in RaidLight's headquarters. this initiative has allowed RaidLight to move Made in France product to it's headquarters.  

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   2015: Award Winning Design

   The RaidLight Responsiv 8L wins both an Out Door Industry Award and the Janus de L’Industrie design award for innovation

   2016: The Barkley Marathons

   Benoît competes in the infamous Barkley Marathons