Kenichi Yamamoto is a Japanese ultra runner.
He joined a mountaineering club in high school and started to excel in competitions. During his university studies he started to get involved in free skiing.
Today Kenichi is working as a high school PE teacher and manages the mountaineering club that he founded.
In 2008, he won the 71.5km Hasegawa Tsuneo Cup Mountain Endurance race, one of the toughest and most challenging races in Japan. In 2009 he placed 8th in the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc.
In 2012 he became the first Japanese runner to win a European event when he won the 100 mile Grand Raid Des Pyrenees.