May 6, 2005 -- Bolting bride Jennifer Wilbanks was chaste away — by her fiancé's insistence on abstinence, friends of the sex-deprived couple claim.
"She told people the fact that she and [husband-to-be John Mason] were not having sex was upsetting," a friend of Wilbanks' told People magazine, which hits newsstands today.
Mason was once a "wild" guy who "dated a lot," his running pal Ted King said.
But he became a born-again virgin — eschewing premarital sex — five years ago after pledging himself to his Baptist faith, friends said.
"He's been saving himself for the right woman," Mason's friend Andy Parsons told the magazine.
And friends say that likely drove the marathon enthusiast to run — from the altar.
Wilbanks — who got breast implants before meeting Mason — "had lots of boyfriends," a friend told People.
"I cannot fully explain what happened to me last week," the runaway bride wrote in a rambling statement read by her pastor at a press conference. There were "a host of compelling issues which seemed out of control."
"In my mind, it was never about the timing, however unfortunate. I was simply running from myself and from certain fears controlling my life."