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  • Kenichi Yamamoto
  • Kenichi Yamamoto
Kenichi Yamamoto

Kenichi Yamamoto

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.


– Where is the most beautiful place you have ever run?
”Lac Blanc, at the Flegere ski resort in Chamonix. ”
– You always look so happy when you run. Why?
”Because I get a chance to see great views, the stars in the sky and meet runners, and people who live in different cultures. Those opportunities make me happy while running. Although a race may be really tough, I can feel relaxed in the race, and feel comfortable - more than I feel physically fatigued. ”
– Do you do any other sports?
”I like skiing a lot. Especially, moguls and powder!! Trail running used to be my training for skiing. ”
– What's your Magic Moment?
”When I mentally meet the wild in my body. Sometimes I meet the wild. When I satisfiy my desires, I can meet the wild. When I do, I can run really fast, without getting tired. ”
– Your favorite YouTube/Vimeo clip?
”I don't have a specific one. ”
– What do you think would make the world a bit better?
”To find room for kindness towards other people in our hearts. I am impressed by the mountains, I always feel thankful. Running makes me thankful, rather than it makes me think I need to go for it. ”

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