May 22nd-26th, 2019

Mesa, Phoenix & Tempe, Arizona USA


Thank you to our Sponsors!

The success of Desert Challenge Games is due in large part to our generous sponsors that support our mission to provide sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities. We thank all of the sponsors below for their contributions that have given athletes from across the world the ability to compete in the Desert Challenge Games.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Goodwill Sponsor

Goodwill Sponsor

Goodwill Sponsor

In-Kind Donor

In-Kind Donor

In-Kind Donor

Desert Challenge Games began in the early 1980’s with a small group of track athletes from AzDS competing against track athletes from Tucson, AZ. In 1990, Desert Challenge Games grew to include swimming and weightlifting. In 1991, Desert Challenge was held at Arizona State University and was the Far West Regional qualifying event. Desert Challenge competition grew again to include Archery, Table Tennis and Rifle Shoot. In 1997, 2004 and 2012, the Desert Challenge organizing committee hosted Junior Nationals.  The Desert Challenge organizing committee also hosted the 2008 Paralympic Track and Field Trials. 

The host organization of the Desert Challenge Games is Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS). AzDS is the leading organization in Arizona that provides athletic opportunities for individuals with all types of disability. There are approximately 1,200 athletes as young as six years old living throughout Arizona participating in 30 adaptive programs hosted by AzDS.

The Desert Challenge Games were awarded the Outstanding Adaptive Program by the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association in 2013.

Final International Classification Schedules for 2019:

International Classification Schedule PI (Updated 5.20.19)

International Classification Schedule VI
(Updated 5.21.19)

International Classification Schedule II (Updated 5.20.19)

International Classification Schedule for 2019:

National Classification Schedule PI (Updated 5.19.19)

Classification Outcomes

5.21.19 - PI International

5.22.19 - PI International

5.22.19 - II International

5.22.19 - VI International

5.23.19 - PI International

5.23.19 - II International

5.23.19 - VI International

Please note: These schedules are not definite and are subject to change. If any changes are made to the schedule, an email will be sent out.

Desert Challenge Games will host classification for Physical Impaired (PI) and Intellectual Impaired (II) athletes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 21-23, 2019 beginning at 8:30am each day at the Hilton.  Classification for Visual Impaired (VI) athletes will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23, 2019 beginning at 9:00am at The Eye Center.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please notify the Event Director, Taylor Wilson, by sending an email to

Event Details


  • Athletics International Classification for Physical, Visual and Intellectual Impairment

  • National Classification for Athletics (Track and Field)

  • Track & Field

  • Swimming

  • Archery

  • Air Gun & Rifle

Overview of Event

Desert Challenge Games Event Details

The 2019 Desert Challenge Games Information Packet with details of the event including awards, classification, WPA licensing, drug testing, and more is available below. A Team Leader Manual will be distributed to all registrants the week prior to the competition. Please stay tuned for additional information as it gets closer to the event.

Every athlete, guide runner and coach must complete the event waiver. Please download this form and bring it, completed and signed, to Registrant Check-In on May 23rd.


Arizona State University Joe Selleh Track and Field - 400 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281 - website
Kino Aquatic Center - 848 N. Horne Road, Mesa, AZ 85203 - website
Papago Park Archery Range - 6201 E. Oak Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 - website
Broadway Recreation Center - 59 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85210 - website
The Eye Center - 2974 N. Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224 - website

Joe Selleh Track and Field Venue Map


NOTE: ASU has a new MONDO Track!!!

ONLY Pyramid spikes, no longer than 1/4 inch (0.635 centimeters) will be allowed.


Host Hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe/ASU or Homewood Suites (properties are located right next to each other)
2102 & 2104 E Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281


Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe/ASU

$121/night plus tax for Double Queen Beds at the Hilton Garden Inn

  • Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms, and airport non-accessible shuttle. Non-accessible shuttle service is also offered within 5 miles of the hotel (ASU, Tempe Market Place, Mill Avenue).

Phone: 480-968-2180

Homewood Suites

$124/night plus tax for Double Queen/King Beds at the Homewood Suites

  • Complimentary hot breakfast, happy hour and complimentary dinner Monday - Thursday, kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms, and non-accessible airport shuttle. Several suites are available with 2 bedrooms and a common area between with pullout couch. Non-accessible shuttle service is also offered within 5 miles of the hotel (ASU, Tempe Market Place, Mill Avenue).

Phone: 480-966-2780

For both hotels:

  • Sales Representative: Heidi Hayworth, Email:

  • Mention "Arizona Disabled Sports or Desert Challenge" for the group block rate available through April 20th, 2019.

  • Accessible rooms are available on a first come,first served basis

Restaurants and Things to do at Tempe Marketplace

Overflow Hotel:

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
1422 W. Bass Pro Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201


Run of house rooms (king & queen beds) are all $119/night plus tax.
Call 1-(888) 492-8847 - Mention "Desert Challenge Games" for the group block rate available through April 20th, 2019.
Complimentary hot breakfast daily; free Wi-Fi throughout all guests rooms. 

Book Online

Dining at Mesa Riverview

Important change to transportation for the 2019 event - please read!

The host organization will be providing a looping shuttle for athletes, coaches and guide runners that are staying at the host hotels - the Hilton Garden Inn, the Homewood Suites in Tempe or the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa. The shuttle will include transportation to/from the competition venue and classification appointments. The transportation package will not include airport transportation for the 2019 event. The shuttle will cost $50.00 per traveler and is available between Tuesday, May 21 and Sunday, May 27th. The transportation request deadline is April 28th, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Late requests will not be accepted.  


Registrants will have the opportunity to purchase Desert Challenge Games merchandise on the Simply Register registration site. Items available include sunglasses, bandana, visor, water bottle, drawstring bag, sweatshirt, or t-shirt. Limited selection of these items will be available for purchase at the event.


2019 DC Games Results

2018 DC Games Results:

2017 DC Games Results:

Thank you to the professional photographers that support this event every year - 

Sports N Spokes - Chris Divirgilio
Gabe Trujillo
Dave Trujillo
Oscar Venegas
Mark Grant
Linda Countryman

2014 Desert Challenge Games Results:

2013 Desert Challenge Games Results:


We ❤️ Our Volunteers!

Arizona Disabled Sports needs approximately 375 volunteers for the annual Desert Challenge Games as well as the group of approximately 20 dedicated committee members. We encourage individuals and groups to sign-up to volunteer.

General Volunteers: There will be volunteer opportunities from Tuesday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 26th, 2019. Please use the button below to be directed to Sign-up Genius, which lists general volunteer responsibilities and the needed time slots.

More specific information about your volunteer experience can be found HERE.

Photographer Volunteers: If you are an individual with expertise in taking action photos, please consider donating your time by using the Sign-up Genius button below for specific photographer volunteer needs.

Volunteer Coordinator


Welcome to Arizona!

Please click on the links below to view the room blocks we have available. Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites are directly next to each other and will be the host of classification appointments. The Hyatt Place is also available and will be used as our overflow hotel.

Please click on the pinned locations on the map to the right to see event venues and hotels.

To book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, please click HERE.

To book a room at Homewood Suites, please click HERE.

To book a room at the Hyatt Place, please click HERE.