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Rutland to try again to break blood drive record

Rutland to try again to break blood drive record

Posted: Oct 16, 2013 12:40 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 16, 2013 6:51 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. -

After falling just short of a record-setting blood drive, organizers in Rutland say they are giving the national record one more shot.

The Gift-of-Life Marathon collected nearly 2,000 pints last year, but fell just 14 pints short of a national record for a one-day drive.

Organizers say this year, they are adding a fifth donation location, New York Red cross volunteers and the option for double-red cell donations. The drive will be held Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Although organizers said last year was going to be the final attempt at the national record, they now say this year will be the last.

"The whole city was shocked, the whole state was shocked, I think New England was shocked when we didn't do it. And when we found out it was only 14 -- it's like wow, we were there," organizer Terry Jaye said.

Click here for more information on the Gift-of-Life Marathon.