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LOS ANGELES (CBS/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.

“We had several patients that did not want to be transported but were seen on scene and evaluated including one runner that just was determined to finish so our paramedics literally escorted him across the finish line and then evaluated him,” Derderian told KNX 1070.

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.

RELATED STORY: Angelenos Brace For Another Day Of Sweltering Temperatures

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