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Rutland sets national record at GOLM

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 mind-boggling."
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 nationwide.