Thu, Dec 26, 2013 05:21 PM
Rutland now holds national record
The 2,337 pints of blood collected at the GOLM surpasses past
record by 369 pints, 19% increase
RUTLAND - The Gift-of-Life Marathon, held Tuesday, Dec. 17,
collected 2,337 pints, crushing the old national record of 1,968
pints set by Manchester, NH.
"This is such a statement by the greater Rutland community," said
co-organizer Steve Costello from Green Mountain Power. "To outdo
every single city and town in America is really
The results were officially announced around 10 p.m. Tuesday, to a
crowd of locals who stayed to hear the final count - nearly all had
given blood or volunteered at the event. All donors who got a foot
in the door at one of the five locations by 6 p.m. Tuesday evening
were able to give blood that night, which made for an exciting
ninth hour post of 666 pints donated. As a result, Rutland now
holds three of the top four spots for the ten biggest blood drives
in U.S. history.
"I could not be more proud of the Rutland region," WJJR Program
Manager Terry Jaye said.
"Castleton feels blessed to be united with Rutland, GMP and WJJR,
in helping to make a difference for our community and our world,"
Castleton President Dave Wolk said. "I am really grateful that all
our volunteers throughout the region broke the record and put
Rutland back on top of the world map."
Rep. Peter Welch also weighed in congratulating Rutland on its
record breaking blood drive. "In the end, it wasn't even close.
Yesterday, Rutland showed Vermont and the nation that it has heart
- big time heart. And it demonstrated what a community can
accomplish when its residents work together on a shared goal," said
Welch in a statement. "What did Rutland accomplish? They saved the
lives of future accident victims. They ensured good outcomes
to complicated surgical procedures. They provided peace of
mind to the families of critically ill patients. And they proved
once and for all that perseverance pays off. Congratulations
and thanks to everyone who put Rutland in the record books."
The story of Rutland's impressive feat was picked up by the
Associated Press and has now appeared in hundreds of newspapers