Brad Schoener 5k Run & Spirit Walk

After careful consideration, the Schoener 5K Organizing Committee leadership is sadly announcing the cancellation of our 2020 Schoener 5K on Saturday, May 16, 2020. This includes the Schoener Music Festival typically held at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center across the street on the same day.

The Schoener 5K and Festival Committees, UDSD 5K Coaches, Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby Police Department, YMCA, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, and Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation, decided to take this action based on the most recent recommendations and directives of Gov. Wolf and the PA Department of Health to limit the spread of COVID-19 virus in our community and the State of Pennsylvania. None of these decisions have come easily.

We know this is not what many of our loyal participants, volunteers, sponsors, and donors had envisioned for this year, and we truly share your disappointment. We will work diligently to notify everyone and we thank all of you for your support and understanding. A new Schoener 5K date for 2021 has already been set on Saturday, May 15th! Please mark your calendars!

As of March 29, 2020, the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation and Schoener MusicMan Academy programs are still open for Summer 2020 and registration for MusicMan Camp, Jazz Jam! Camp, and “Stay in Shape” Summer Lessons is available online at  Updates will be forthcoming in the following days with more information as to the status of our 2020 MusicMan Academy summer programs as so many relating factors are ‘on hold’ at this point.

For eleven years,  your donations, sponsorships, and gift of time and effort have been the heart of keeping Brad Schoener’s spirit alive and keeping music in the hands of Upper Darby children. We may be ‘on hold’ right now — but with your help, patience, and generosity  — we will be back. Please stay home, stay healthy, and add some music to your day to keep your spirit going! Many, many thanks for your continued support.

Much love and appreciation,

Jen Schoener – Chair, Brad Schoener Fund & Executive Director, UDAEF

Mark Your Calendars for 2021!

Location:  Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill PA
Date:  May 15, 2021 –RAIN OR SHINE!
Registration Time: Race Day On-Site Registration Opens @ 07:30 am at Drexel Hill Middle School 

Runners start @ 9:00 am
One-Mile Spirit Walk follows Runner Start  – Honor Mr. Schoener with a walk through beautiful Arlington Cemetery — All Walkers should meet at the flagpole in front of Toppitzer Funeral Home to start.

Walk-Up Registration will still be available the morning of the Schoener 5K at Drexel Hill Middle School – 7:30 am-8:30 am       Day of Race Registration does not guarantee a race t-shirt!

The Schoener Fund welcomes local cheering squads of Upper Darby to cheer on our race participants along the course!  Expect to be energized by music and school spirit as you walk or run through beautiful Arlington Cemetery! Don’t miss the YMCA Kid Zone! A fun event for the whole family all morning!

The Schoener School Spirit Competition Continues! PLUS The Schoener “YMCA” Cup — $500 and a traveling trophy awarded to the UDSD school with the most 5K participants! That includes runners AND walkers! Be sure to represent your favorite school when you register! Special thanks to the YMCA for their support of this award and the young musicians of the Upper Darby School District!

This is a one loop run course, (or one-mile loop walk) in beautiful Arlington Cemetery, the resting place of Upper Darby’s beloved band director, Brad Schoener.


Participation in this event has grown steadily over the last twelve years. We encourage everyone to register EARLY to guarantee your slot as we may sell out by race day!

Parking available at Drexel Hill Middle School and walk to State Road entrance of the Arlington Cemetery.