Michael H. Abbott, who served as acting Commonwealth's Attorney from 2014-2015 and current serves as Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney recently completed the Myrtle Beach Marathon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Abbott is one of only ten individuals who have completed the Myrtle Beach Marathon for twenty years in a row. The event marked Abbott's 75th and final Marathon.
Abbott has been a resident of Wise County for over 40 years. He attended J.I. Burton High School and is a graduate of Clinch Valley College (UVa-Wise). He was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Captain. Since 2007, Abbott has served as a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney in Wise County. He has served as attorney for the Town of Appalachia and the Norton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, on the UVa-Wise College Board, the UVa-Wise Alumni Board, and the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society Board. In addition to his role as Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Abbott prosecutes misdemeanor and felony cases every day in the Wise County General District Court.
Slemp stated, "Our entire office is so proud of Mike and thankful to have an opportunity to work with him on a daily basis. He is an inspiration to us all. Although he has talked about retirement a lot recently and he claims that he is now retired from running marathons, I am determined to keep him around the courthouse for a very long time."
Abbott is quoted in the Official Race Guide for the 2017 Myrtle Beach Marathon saying "This will be my 75th and retirement marathon and what better place to end my marathon running career than at the best marathon in the United States. The friendliness and support of the people along the route can give you goose bumps."
Abbott has a collection of medals from each of his twenty races in Myrtle Beach and he keeps them in his office at the Wise County Courthouse to inspire and challenge colleagues to start running. Slemp said, "Mike keeps trying to get me started running. I like the idea of running, but he's not convinced me yet. He might have to rethink this retirement talk if he wants to get me started."