The final count for Rutland’s Gift of Life Marathon Blood drive was 1,954 pints of blood, which means the city fell 14 pints short of the record set by Manchester, New Hampshire.
But that still means Rutland has the second and third largest blood drives in U.S. history from past years, and the drive had the largest number of individual donors participating. Manchester’s record included a number of double-red cell donations, which count as two pints.
Organizers say they’re in talks with the American Red Cross over the size of next year’s drive. The Red Cross says the record attempting drives are a strain on staff, so they won’t continue. But the annual Rutland blood drive will continue in some form next year.