The eleventh annual Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive was December 17, 2013 in Rutland, Vermont

The Gift-of-Life Marathon collected 2,350 pints, crushing the old national record of 1,968 pints set by Manchester, New Hampshire.

With these results, Rutland now holds three of the top four spots on the list of the 10 biggest blood drives in U.S. history.

"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."

"I could not be more proud of the Rutland region," WJJR Program Manager Terry Jaye said.  "Christmas begins tonight."

"Castleton feels blessed to be united with Rutland, Green Mountain Power 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 on the world map."