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Rutland blood drive that set national record now being held over 12 days

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RUTLAND, Vermont — A Rutland-area blood drive that holds the national record for the most blood collected in a single day is now being spread out over 12 days.

After breaking the national record last year, the American Red Cross said the logistical challenges of collecting 2,350 pints of blood within 24 hours were too great.

The revamped "Gift-of-Life Marathon - 12 Days of Giving" kicked off Tuesday and will run through Dec. 16. Officials are taking time off during that stretch.

Organizers say the new format was created to continue Rutland's annual effort to support blood donations and to celebrate last year's record-breaking drive.

On Tuesday, blood was being collected at the Castleton home of Castleton State College President David Wolk.

Potential donors are encouraged to make appointments.

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