Schoener Musicman 5k Run & 1 Mile Spirit Walk

Mark Your Calendar! Saturday, May 18, 2024 Join us as we unite for our community and honor the legacy of
Upper Darby's MusicMan, Brad Schoener.
Together, let's ensure the music continues to resonate in our kids, in Upper Darby and throughout Delaware County!

Registration for the 2024 5K NOW OPEN!

🎵🏃‍♂️ Welcome to the 2024 Brad Schoener MusicMan 5K Run & 1 Mile Spirit Walk + Inflatable Fun Run! 🎉🎶

Hey there, Upper Darby, Drexel Hill, and all you fabulous folks from Delaware County! Get ready to lace up your running shoes and groove to the beat because something extraordinary is hitting Arlington Cemetery on Saturday, May 18, 2024. It’s not just any ordinary run – it’s a celebration of music, community, and making a positive difference!
🎺Who Was Brad Schoener? 🎺

First things first, let’s talk about our main MusicMan, Mr. Brad Schoener. Brad was an extraordinary musician and music educator in the Upper Darby School District for 25 years. During a courageous 5 year battle with Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, Brad Schoener ran three triathlons, composed over 80 compositions for elementary band and orchestra for his students, started his own music publishing company, Schoener Custom Music, received the prestigious Mr. Holland’s Opus Award, and performed with some of Philly’s Top Bands, The Coup, The Exceptions, and Masquerade. It was not uncommon to see Brad practicing his bagpipes while riding his unicycle around the neighborhood.  Tragically, Brad passed away at the age of 46. But thanks to the tremendous heart of the Upper Darby community – his wishes for Upper Darby kids continue 15 years later. Brad’s heart was as big as his passion for music and kids. Brad’s mission was to spread the joy of music far and wide through funding of lesson and program scholarships, instruments, and the Schoener  MusicMan Academy, where his spirit continues to empower young minds to discover their musical talents and dreams and help kids face personal challenges by providing them with musical opportunities they might not otherwise encounter.

🎶 Rocking for a Cause: 🌟

But wait, there’s more! This event isn’t just about breaking a sweat; it’s about breaking barriers and making a difference. By joining the MusicMan 5K Run & Spirit Walk, you’re not only supporting Brad’s mission but also contributing to a brighter future for budding musicians in our community.

Funds raised from the 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk contribute to the Brad Schoener Legacy Fund and the MusicMan Academy programs. The Brad Schoener Fund is backed by the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation.

NEW FOR 2024!!

🌟Warm Up with the Y! 🌟

Look for the tent on Arlington Field behind the Arlington Mansion (Toppitzer Funeral Home)! We will kick off the day’s festivities at 8:15 am with our first “Warm Up with the Y!” stretching with professional YMCA trainers and getting those muscles ready to run! 

🌟 Inflatable Fun Run: 🦖

And guess what? We’re not stopping at just a regular run – we’re adding a twist of fun with our Inflatable Fun Run! Join the fun at 8:30 am as we hold our first “Inflate – a – Fun Run” as the UDSD School Teams compete to win the Schoener School Spirit Award! It’s the ultimate blend of fitness and fun that will leave you smiling from ear to ear! 

  👀Look for Surprise Guests! 👀

Be sure to arrive in time to see the antics from 8:15 – 9:15 am! Families are encouraged to complete the 5K or the 1 Mile Spirit Walk together and then… we have SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE as we celebrate our 14th year of keeping Brad Schoener’s wishes alive for Upper Darby children.

🥁LIVE MUSIC! 🎷As always – be ready to hear LIVE MUSIC along the 5K route – INTRODUCING our NEW Groove Patrol Drumline, MusicMan Academy performers, Upper Darby Shooting Stars, bagpiper, ukulele circle, brass ensembles, and a special pre-race performance of our National Anthem by the NEW Delaware County Flute Choir


In addition to providing run and walk participants with swag bags and race shirts, The MusicMan 5K is known for its unique finisher medals – actual working mini-harmonicas! Age Group awards are given (full size harmonicas) and Overall Male/Female race winners receive 14K gold plated harmonicas! It’s a very musical finish! 

🎉 Join the Celebration: 🎉

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and family, and mark your calendars for the most epic event of the year. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a music enthusiast, or just someone looking for a good time, the MusicMan 5K Run & Spirit Walk welcomes everyone with open arms and a whole lot of rhythm.

👟 Register Now: 🎟️

Secure your spot in this unforgettable experience by registering today! Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of something truly special and spread the love of music while making memories that will last a lifetime.

Let’s run, walk, and dance our way to a brighter tomorrow, one beat at a time. See you at Arlington Cemetery on May 18th – let’s make some music magic together! 🎵🏃‍♂️

The Brad Schoener MusicMan 5K Run / Walk is the primary fundraiser for the MusicMan Academy programs and initiatives.

We thank all of you for the past fourteen years of support for the Schoener Fund, Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation, and its programs. 


Thank You to Our 2024 5K Partners!