Genesis staff members evacuated from Arizona trail due to heat

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PHOENIX (KAKE) -

Several staff members of a Wichita health club chain were evacuated because of heat after their group tried climbing a mountain trail in the desert near metro Phoenix.

Genesis Health Clubs issued a statement saying, "We appreciate everyone's concern regarding the hike last week in Arizona. We had two staff members who were rescued from the mountain, though we cannot reveal names for privacy reasons. Everyone else, including owner Rodney Steven II, was able to get off the mountain unaided. Thank you to the rescuers for their assistance."

The group was comprised of the Genesis owner and staffers in a tourist group.

The Superstition Fire & Medical District said several of the 44 hikers were overcome Thursday by the heat, which reached 106 degrees in nearby Apache Junction.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Monday that two were flown out by helicopter, two were taken by ATV and 40 made it off the trail on their own. 

They didn’t begin their hike until 3 p.m. and they were advising against making the hike that time of day “but they insisted,” the Associated Press reports.

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