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Jun 30, 2013 7:36 PM by Associated Press

6 Pasadena runners hospitalized for heat illnesses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Six half-marathon runners have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses as Southern California braced for another sizzling day.

Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says the runners who required medical attention Sunday were extremely dehydrated and some experienced cramps.

Derderian says several other runners were evaluated along the route but were not taken to the hospital.

Paramedics were deployed along the 13.1-mile race and buses with air conditioning were provided for runners to cool off. The event was supposed to be a marathon but it was downgraded due to low turnout last year.

The National Weather Service says valley and desert regions could experience their hottest days on Sunday.

Several Southern California communities set same-day record highs on Saturday including Palm Springs, where the mercury hit 122 degrees.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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