RUTLAND (AP) - Organizers of a blood drive in Rutland are hoping to collect enough to surpass the current record set in Manchester, N.H.

More than 2,000 people have signed up to donate blood in the Gift-of-Life Marathon scheduled for Tuesday.

Organizers are aiming to collect at least 1,969 pints of blood. Manchester holds the current record of 1,968 pints collected in a single day.

The annual Gift-of-Life Marathon has become a holiday phenomenon over the last 10 years, inspiring a documentary, "The Blood in This Town," breaking New England records three times, and recording the second- and third-largest blood collections in American history.