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Byline: Rick A. Maese TRIBUNE REPORTER
Josia Thugwane's good-luck charm isn't a rabbit's foot -- or even the gold medal he won at the 1996 Olympic Games.
It's a city.
Albuquerque, to be exact.
Thugwane trained in the Duke City before his winning run in the Olympic marathon in Atlanta in '96. He also used Albuquerque as a springboard to his fastest run last December in Japan.
With that as a backdrop, it's no surprise that the South African is back in town to train for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1.
But this time, Thugwane brought along some training partners from South Africa, Jean Verster and Zitholele Sinque.
Both Verster and Sinque plan to run in events in the Duke City Marathon on Sept. 27, but because the New York Marathon is just six weeks away, Thugwane will not be competing in the …