Ultrarunning Magazine announced the 2010 Ultrarunners of the Year today (see results). Hard not to notice that both the top two men, Geoff Roes and Anton Krupicka, and the top two women, Tracy Garneau and Meghan Arbogast also finished top two, respectively, at Western States 100 last June. Can we conclude that WS was indeed the 2010 de facto national championship ultra? While there was money through the Montrail Ultra Cup, WS offers no prize money, it has never had the USATF championship designation, and doesn’t waive the entry fee or offer any other compensation for elite athletes. While the other “championship” races have to offer prize money, entry fees, lodging, travel, etc, WS does not need to do that to attract the best athletes. How can that be?